By Paul Jones
Some say that it takes a special kind of person to play goalie in lacrosse. It is not necessarily normal to willingly let others hurl lacrosse balls.
Going into this season, the boys lacrosse team had some uncertainty about who was going to play goalie. Assistant Coach Nathan Barrett felt that uncertainty early on, but later it was a clear choice.
“Matt Hale stepped up. Cameron Aughie is a freshman. We have a sophomore (Nick Serrano) but he’s out for the whole season with an injury,” Coach Barrett said. “Matt has just really showed up this year.’’
By Giuliano Favorito
It’s that time of year again for lacrosse head coach Stephan Striffler’s team and there’s only one thing on their mind: the state playoffs. This is a feat that no team in the York/Adams county has ever accomplished.
Nevertheless Striffler is confident his team is more than capable of getting to the promised land.
“We have a very balanced team,” Striffler said. “We can score. Our three attackers are excellent and our defense is fantastic.” That attack is led by senior Tanner Reif, junior Jac Gemmill, and sophomore Sam Emig. Senior Joe Dashler and junior Pat Stafford stand tall in defense.
“The chemistry we have allows us to be so successful,” said senior Tanner Reif. “Just knowing where each other are on the field and having good stick skils to be able to make the plays helps us score goals for our team.”
Although the state playoff is the ultimate goal, the team does have some stepping stones to make before they can get there. Those stones include making and winning the York/Adams playoffs and reaching districts.
Among personal goals for Striffler he would like to beat the teams he has never beaten in his three years at the helm ; Dallastown, Central and Susquehannock.
But, Coach Striffler wants to make one thing clear; he does not want to win only as a team but as a school. He has a challenge for Red Lion students. “Come to our games, jump up and down, yell and scream, and make a heck of a lot of noise.”
On Apr. 23 students can do just that at Horn Field at 7:00 PM when the lacrosse team clashes head to head with Susquehannock.
Lacrosse teams makes improved comeback in win
column compared to last regular season record.
By Ben Logan
Over the past few years, the Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team has struggled to gain momentum. However, this year it seems as if they have finally recovered from their dip into “bad luck”, with many beneficial changes and improvements.
Last year, the Lions finished their season with a record of seven wins and ten losses, mirroring almost the same six-and-eight record seen in the previous year. Both head coach Stefan Striffler and players alike were very disappointed with their performance, and sought to have triumph over such shadows to hopefully have a successful 2014 season.
As of current, the boy’s lacrosse team stands at a record of eight wins and six losses, a big improvement in a few years. Many players seem to put this on freshmen talent, Striffler’s new coaching methods, and the return of junior attackman Tanner Reif, who suffered an injury in the 2013 school year that took him out for almost half of the season.
“The team is doing pretty good this year,” senior midfielder Ben Federline said. “Plus we have Tanner back, so that helps a lot.”
Reif was recently voted by members of the community as the York/Adams County “High School Player of the Week” on the local sports website GametimePA.com. He earned the title following his performance at a game against Spring Grove in April, scoring six goals, two assists, and going against all odds to pummel the ball into the goal. Reif commented, “I really just took a chance whenever I could; if I could reach the ball, I would grab it. If I could shoot I would, and if I saw someone open I would pass it off to them and hope for the best.”
The Lions have had a ferocious comeback this season from their past disappointing seasons. However, with many more senior players being lost, can they hold true to their record? They believe so, and will continue to try their best to improve even further, with Striffler promising that “this should only be the beginning.”
Social Media: You can find the boys lacrosse team on Twitter (@RedLionLax). The account periodically posts final scores.
Baseball is one of the most affected spring sports that have had to deal with inclement weather so far, causing them to play countless back-to-back games.
By Ben Logan
It is probably safe to assume that what many people take away from the 2014 spring sports season will be the never-ending rainouts and the ever-changing schedule for sports teams in York County.
It seems to be the season of rain this spring, as many sports games and matches have been canceled, postponed, or ditched on account of the odd storms in occurrence this year. Schedules are all booked up for RL sports teams, and some could say that they have no elbow room left over to use for conditioning. “The rain has really limited practice time above all,” Athletic Director Mr. Fritzius said. “Some have gone without practice for weeks.”
Among these teams include baseball, lacrosse, and tennis; all of whom have seen game cancellations throughout their seasons. These events have been rescheduled to later dates, weekends included, and have seriously cut into practice time for the teams.
“We have had quite a few games cancelled, and so far we have only had eight games in total in a month with barely any actual time to learn our plays, or formations because of practice cancellations,” sophomore lacrosse player Nick Shima said.
“Pitchers in baseball after they throw 5 or more innings typically need 4 days rest. This is a huge problem for us because when you have games back to back to back you run into not having enough pitching.”
The Red Lion boy’s tennis team has seen the most harm, receiving six postponements for their matches alone, with multiple practices being canceled as well. “The rain has been brutal,” said freshman tennis player Max Moyer. “And now we have nine matches in a row, without any practice.”
Some are worried that the horrible weather might affect their playtime negatively. However, Fritzius assures that this is not the case, Time is not really a problem, but if it comes down to it we will be willing to skip exhibition matches in order to finish out the regular season, and that is what really matters.”
Though reassuring, many spring sports seasons do not conclude until the beginning of May, and April showers may still come around and make it tough for teams to play. “I really hope that it doesn’t rain again,” commented tennis player Alec Gayrama. “I would be upset, but I am keeping my hopes up.”
Senior Sam Sipe (43)
By Ben Logan
With every new year comes new challenges, including the new head coach Stefan Striffler, who has taken the boy’s lacrosse team by storm. His number one goal: To have a successful first season as a Red Lion head coach.
Last spring was tough for the boys’ lacrosse teams. Both varsity and junior varsity ended the season with a losing record, much to the disapproval of the senior members of the varsity team, who had lost the final game of their high school career in a humiliating loss. Because of this, it may be a challenge to bring the team back up to its former glory, and regain the talent that has been whisked away with the graduates of 2012.
However, despite last year’s flurry of defeat, many players seem to have confidence in their new coach, his way of coaching, and his dedication towards the team as a whole. “I think he’s great. He is passionate about the team, and he knows what he’s talking about. So...I think we’ll do good this year,” Christian Castle, a returning offensive mid fielder said.
Head Coach Stefan Striffler
Similarly, when asked about the number of changes coach Striffler made to the team, Luke Huber, offensive midfielder, responded with, “Yeah, well he takes it seriously, which is good. His practices aren’t all games, they’re tough, and you’ve actually got to work at them.”
It is safe to say that Striffler’s methods of coaching show promise, and are thought to be working out well for most players, as they believe these “changes”, to be beneficial to the overall well being of the team.
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